Identify, compare and contrast three artists from different centuries who have used their art to comment on social or political issues, citing specific works in support of your selections. Comment on the reasons that you feel these artists have succeeded or failed in producing recognition or change through their art.
Final Paper: Part 1– Outline
The Final Paper assignment is divided into two parts: the overall assignment is to write a 4-6-page paper (@1250-1800 words) on one from a list of topics (see “Week Four Final Paper: Part II” and “Final Paper: Topics & Guidelines”). You are expected to cite at least three sources (outside of the course text) in supporting your thesis on your chosen topic. Please double-space the paper, using Arial or Times New Roman font in 12-point. Please use MLA formatting and documentation style. Be sure to put all copied words, phrases, sentences, etc. in quotation marks and cite all paraphrased words, ideas, and arguments. Feel free to include illustrations in your paper.
Part 1 of the Final paper consists of the following FOUR items, which are required for satisfactory completion of this assignment:
- Your introductory paragraph. This should begin with a “hook,” introduce your topic, and include your thesis statement. Also, don’t forget to come up with an original, creative, meaningful title. Avoid simply repeating the name of the assignment as the title of your paper.
- A list of possible sources (at least 3 other than your textbook). This may change as you continue your research.
- A one-page minimum outline of your paper. This should indicate how you will break down your topic and how you intend to support your thesis.
******Please see the two sample Final Papers Part 1 included here below. (Note, some of the formatting has been lost. Check correct outline form online. Also see “Topics & Guidelines” for more information). Please do not try to copy these outlines. They are just examples.
This assignment is due by the end of the third week of class. See due-date schedule in the course calendar for the exact date.
Note: Please use Microsoft Word or software compatible with MS Word to save your document
SAMPLE FINAL PAPER OUTLINE: EXAMPLE 1
Introduction to Art History 100
Prof. Tara Giannini
Comparisons of the impact of different artists’ styles and the variation of presentations of the human body from prehistory to the present.
Paper Title: Art as a Reflection of Evolutionary Human Advancements
OUTLINE (thesis statement is in bold):
It is my intention to highlight historical cultural evolution as a synergist flow in the presentation of the human form. I would also like to highlight the availability of materials used as those choices became available. While I am interested in both sexes, the importance of women subjects is my anchor and attitudes toward female empowerment in these long-gone societies will offer a perspective that quantifies the modernity of a legitimate culture, even ones that might predate other chronological timelines. (For instance, why is the Vatican so overwhelmingly devoted to the male figures?) Given that some cultures have very limited female representation, I would like to spend time understanding what that might say about those communities. Although my focus is mainly Eurocentric and I’m following the attitudes that we’re most familiar with, I would like to also acknowledge some of the other continents in the earlier eras.
I. Earliest Art
A. Cave Painting from Lascaux. How men depicted other men. Were they males doing the cave drawing? How would we know this?
B. Venus of Willendorf female statue. Is she truly a “fertility” object or does she signify the proportions of prosperity? Why would a society on the move see children as a positive accumulation?
II. Ancient Art
A. Egyptian depictions of humans as hybrid creatures combining the spirits of Animalistic worship and humanity. Non-Representation as an elevation of status
B. Venus de Milo sculpture. Greek culture the era of Aphrodite and heroic warriors.
C. Roman art and a turn to proportionally accurate portrayals.
III. Dark Ages to Renaissance
A. Medieval depictions of humans in purely religious manifestations.
B. Renaissance claims the success of intellect over superstition. Representational art. Human
i. Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo. Comments about the lack of varied female models in the world’s most powerful church.
ii. Vitruvian Man by Da Vinci and the human form
IV. Baroque to Neoclassical
A. Baroque exposed to a world of action, humans are allowed emotional projection.
B. Greek and Roman Art. Men and women depicted in Greek togas. A “thing” among the elite.
V. Romanticism to Post Impressionism
A. Idealism as men and women are depicted as individuals
B. Women engaging in social activities, the Impressionists–Mary Cassatt
VI. Modern Ideals
A. Abstract depictions.
B. Vargas to Warhol. The elusive idea of perfection.
VII. Conclusion: What it Says About Us.
A. Humanity shows evolution in its observations of other humans.
B. Strong societies are not afraid to depict strong women in their art.
C. Elaborate further upon thesis statement
History of Art, sixth edition. Janson, H.W. and Janson, Anthony F. 2004
Harry N. Abrams Co., New York, N.Y.
Art Through Time: A Global View. Chapter 13: The Body and Chapter 4: Ceremony and Society
European Ideal Beauty of the Human Body in Art. Cichon-Hollander, G.W.
SAMPLE FINAL PAPER OUTLINE: EXAMPLE 2
ART – 100 Introduction to Art History
Final Paper: Part One
3. Identify, compare and contrast three artists from different centuries who have used their art to comment on social or political issues, citing specific works in support of your selections. Comment on the reasons that you feel these artists have succeeded or failed in producing recognition or change through their art.
Social and political issues are inevitable. Art can be used to comment on these issues. Realism began as an artistic movement in the 19th century. This style portrayed art in a form of natural and truthful. Social and political issues are real problems. Realism provides artist’s a way to comment on these issues. Realism exists in many aspects, and one is social realism. This movement began in the 20th century with the idea to draw attention to the everyday working class. Later, in the 21st century, street art gained momentum. This type of art is found outside of the traditional art platforms. Street art can be considered realism due to the slogans of social and political issues found in the community. In order to study the idea of social and political awareness among art, we must explore realism, social realism, and street art within different centuries.
List of possible sources:
Outline and Thesis
I intend on utilizing the above mentioned sources in an attempt to further study how social and political issues are portrayed through art in realism, social realism, and street art and how it has changed across periods of time. Our text book will also be utilized as a source, (Living with Art – 11th Edition by Mark Getlein).
I will support my thesis (In order to study the idea of social and political awareness in art, we must explore realism, social realism, and street art within different centuries.) by exploring the different artists of each topic: Gustave Courbet, Diego Rivera, and Banksy.
A. Definition of Realism and the impact it has on social and political issues.
B. Discussion of the ways realism has changed from the 19th century to the 21st.
II. Body of Paper
A. The beginning of Realism from Gustave Courbet.
- Support from textbook about the definition/formation of Realism.
- Gustave Courbet’s impact on realism.
- Opposing views of realism.
- How realism affected the social and political issues.
- Specific pieces of realism art that commented on issues.
- Courbet- “The Stone Breakers” 1849
- Daumier- “The Third Class Carriage”1862-64
B. The evolution of Social Realism by Diego Rivera.
- How Social Realism evolved in the 20th century.
- Diego Rivera’s impact on social realism.
- Specific pieces of art that contained social realism and awareness
- Rivera- “Dream of A Sunday Afternoon” Mural
- Rivera- “Destroyed by Rockefellers” Mural 1934
C. The current realistic vision of social change used in street art by Banksy.
- How realistic art has changed over the centuries.
- Definition and evolution of street art/Opposing views of street art.
- How street art brings awareness.
- How Banksy’s art comments toward social and political change.
- Specific examples of Banksy’s street art.
1. Banksy- “Rage Flower Thrower” 2003
2. Banksy- “Child Soldier” 2001
A. Bring thesis to light by validation of major themes discussed in paper.
B. Conclude research by reinstating major ideas and their significance.